DEREK FRANK

DEREK FRANK Bass player Derek Frank began teaching as a visiting instructor at Musicians Institute in 2012. Aside from teaching, Derek keeps himself busy occupying the bass position with soft rock hitmakers Air Supply, country-pop superstar Shania Twain, LA-based rock...

ZACH HALL

ZACH HALL Zack earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Virginia where he studied upright bass. He then moved to Los Angeles where he attended the bass program at MI. Zack maintains an active performing, recording, and touring schedule as a...

GREG WEISS

GREG WEISS Greg Weiss grew up in Miami, and at an early age felt the influence of Jaco Pastorius. Greg studied at Miami Dade College and is the son of successful songwriter Larry Weiss, who wrote the hit song “Rhinestone Cowboy”. Greg’s versatility and depth...

MENNO VERBATEN

MENNO VERBATEN Born and raised in The Netherlands, Menno Verbaten relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute, studying with the likes of Steve Bailey, Billy Sheehan, and Stuart Hamm. In 1998, he began playing the Los Angeles club scene, sharing the stage...

JAY SIMPER

JAY SIMPER Jay Simper has been a professional bass player for 17 years, with the past ten years spent in the Los Angeles area. Jay graduated with Honors from Musicians Institute in 1992 and has been a member of staff since 1996. He is also the author of the beginning...